7 Reasons Why You’ll Fall In Love With Trixie Franklin

Call the Midwife is full of memorable, wonderful characters, but Nurse Trixie Franklin has a special place in our hearts. Here’s why.

Trixie Franklin

Helen George as Trixie Franklin, Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee and Bryony Hannah as Cynthia Miller.

1. SHE KNOWS HOW TO PARTY

It's a cliché to describe someone as the "life and soul of the party", but in Trixie's case, the "soul" part is absolutely true. This girl embodies good times, and not just when she's brandishing the Babycham or whipping up enthusiasm for a night on the town. Just being around her during a tough day on the job is enough to make people smile and feel like exciting things can happen at any moment. And that's quite an achievement in the drab, dishcloth-grey world of 50s/60s East London.

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2. SHE'S FUNNY

In an era when women aren't supposed to show too much wit, personality or charisma in general (because that would cause the downfall of society, obviously) Trixie has all of that in spades. Her sense of humour is more than just charming - it actually helps make her a marvellous nurse, able to defuse stressful situations with a well-timed one-liner. Why, even the most petrified pregnant mum would crack a smile at "Magic-carpet midwifery services at your disposal!"

3. SHE'S A SHAMELESS FLIRT (BUT NO PUSHOVER)

Just like she's never afraid to drop a joke-bomb, Trixie also makes no bones about her appetite for romance. Again, being a "respectable" woman of her day, she would be expected to show tedious decorum in matters of the heart, but Trixie's having none of that. Yet, while she's an incorrigible flirt, she doesn't let men take advantage. Even when one such man is a famous, handsome TV star with wandering hands, Trixie gives him what-for.

At the front the picture shows: Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara Gilbert, Helen George as Trixie Franklin, Laura Main as Shelagh. At the back: Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Emerald Fennell as Patsy, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne.

At the front the picture shows: Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara Gilbert, Helen George as Trixie Franklin, Laura Main as Shelagh. At the back: Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Emerald Fennell as Patsy, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne.

4. SHE'S BASICALLY A FASHION ICON

She may be a humble medical worker in deeply unglamorous Poplar, but Trixie Franklin could give any screen siren a run for her money. Whether she's reclining languidly in her silk pyjamas, or sashaying along in her heels like Marilyn Monroe, Trixie is every inch a fashionista. And just look at how she keeps up with the latest looks, embodying polka-dotted, beatnik chic in the 50s, and cutting a dash with a pixie cut in the 60s. It's enough to make anyone want to follow her lead.

5. SHE'S GOBBY AND PROUD OF IT

We know that Trixie isn't the demure, wallflower type. But what makes her extra-special is the way she'll speak up to authority figures too. And, in defiance of the gender conventions of her day, she readily stands up against patriarchal figures. Even when her husband-to-be, the Reverend Tom, is being told what to do by a stately bishop, Trixie makes her feelings known. "It was made very clear that I shouldn't talk while the men were discussing important matters that clearly I have no say in," she says, and we love her for it.

6. SHE GOES OUT WITH A VICAR

Oh yes, and on the subject of her vicar boyfriend... how great is it that she actually has a vicar boyfriend? How confounding and brilliantly unlikely that Trixie, a girl you'd expect to go out with some trendy Teddy Boy or greasy-quiffed rebel, would get engaged to a do-gooding, clean-cut man of the cloth. It's just further proof that Trixie always does things her way, even rebelling against her own rebellious image...

7. SHE MAKES THINGS BETTER

Finally, let's just acknowledge that Trixie isn't just a funny, cool, fashionable gal who we'd all love to have as our best mate. She's also really, really good at her job, saving lives, delivering babies and coming to the rescue of those in need. Even in the midst of her own stressful, sometimes traumatic life, she's always ready to make things better for others. Even if that did once mean getting the old ladies of Poplar into their keep-fit leotards...